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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Some say it's Google's way of making search the centerpiece even on Android, making apps almost redundant. Others say it's the natural evolution of search's feature. Whatever the case, Google Now on Tap, a feature arriving with Android M later this year, is shaping up to be both interesting and also somewhat scary. At SMX in Paris, Behshad Behzadi from Google demonstrated Now on Tap, including a geolocation feature never before seen elsewhere. And Google Now, on Tap, performed well with almost deadly context-aware accuracy.

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Vine update improves search with top posts option

Vine update improves search with top posts option

Vine has pushed out an update for its iOS app (and will be doing so soon for its Android app) that improves one's ability to search for content. It is a relatively small update, but it brings with it increased ways to find content that might be relevant to your query -- or that maybe just happens to catch your eye while searching for something else. The change comes to the "Explore" tab, where users can search for whatever and get a look at the top and/or recent posts from relevant feeds.

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iOS Search updated to include deep links

iOS Search updated to include deep links

Search in iOS is about to go a lot deeper, as Apple's Craig Federighi spoke onstage at WWDC 2015 about how this feature would be drastically expanded. Users will be able to search email to identify who is calling. Search in iOS 9 will be able to surface app content. Search will become much, much more useful in iOS 9 - offline and online - in the near future. This search expansion will start with iOS, but will likely expand on OS X and Watch OS in the near future.

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Hound is a voice search platform aiming to take on Siri, Cortana

Hound is a voice search platform aiming to take on Siri, Cortana

SoundHound, the music recognition app that never quite took off like rival Shazam, has just launched a new, natural-language voice search app that attempts to do what digital assistants like Siri and Cortana can only dream of. Simply called Hound, the app is now available as a beta on Android, and offers to handle tasks like internet and local searches, navigation, weather, geography, news, flight status, stocks, time zones, and much more.

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“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

Despite many hailing Siri to be exponentially better than Google's equivalent voice-controlled feature, it seems that Apple might be taking a few pages from Google Now's book in future iOS releases. Dubbed "Proactive", the initiative is tipped to turn iOS Spotlight, the lesser known search feature on mobile, into something that mimics and might even surpass Google Now's functionality on Android. This means more timely and relevant search results and information and even deep app indexing that will let users jump right into an app's particular screen or function.

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Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google Search adds indexing of iOS apps for users on both Android and devices like iPhone and iPad. Developers will begin to be able to assure themselves a spot in the indexing limelight sooner than later as Google's search app brings ease in search to the masses. This search indexing will work for not only iOS and Android Google search apps, but Chrome as well. The rolling out of this search results action will take place over the next several weeks.

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Bing image search gets How Old tool

Bing image search gets How Old tool

Not too long ago a tool was making the rounds on social media that allowed people to upload photos of themselves or others and the tool would tell you how old it thought the people were. Microsoft has now announced that it has integrated a similar tool in its Bing image search results. The tool not only approximates age of the person in the photo, it will also give the gender.

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Need info on Marvel comics? There’s a search tool for that

Need info on Marvel comics? There’s a search tool for that

Thanks to a handful of hit films and TV series, both from Marvel and DC, the comics industry is experiencing a boom period. But for those who are new to the scene, or even those returning from a hiatus, taking it all in can be a bit daunting. And searching on Google spews out results that are just as overwhelming, discouraging, and even confusing. Fortunately, at least for the Marvel camp, there is a new third-party tool that can help sift through it all, with information coming straight from the horse's mouth.

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Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Many things we search for online are things many other people are also interested in…and talking about. That talking more often than not takes place on Twitter, though, and so you’re forced to split your searching efforts with a little bit of Google here, a little bit of Twitter there. That comes to an end today, as Google has announced the two worlds have collided and its search results will include real-time tweets relevant to whatever you’re browsing, whether it’s a recent season finale or some popular segment of news.

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Twitter debuts new search tools for web users

Twitter debuts new search tools for web users

Following a test period in mid-April, Twitter has rolled out its new search results interface to all users logged in on the website. The new layout doesn't change what your results would be, but presents them in a new, clean manner that emphasizes pictures and video, and offers in-depth filtering options. This revamp of the search function marks Twitter's largest update to its web app in several months now. The new layout makes it easy to sort results by top tweets, "live" tweets, accounts, media, and news.

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Google tipped to show “Buy” buttons in mobile search results

Google tipped to show “Buy” buttons in mobile search results

This latest insider info will surely ruffle Amazon's and eBay's furthers. Sources familiar with the matter claim that Google will be slowly rolling out a new feature on its mobile search results that will show a "Shop on Google" for sponsored search results, which will take users to a new page to make tweak the order and make a purchase. This dangerously encroaches on the territory of the two largest e-tailers but it could also sour Google's relationships with other retailers already paying Google for some prime spots on its search results.

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